Best Video Quality
No security camera we tested scored perfectly in both low-light and bright daylight environments, though the Flir FX certainly produced the best video quality overall.
In bright daylight, the camera showed sharp details, providing a clear image of everything in the room. The Flir FX doesn’t have the same clarity in ambient daylight, but still produces excellent video. In nighttime video tests, the Flir FX was a close second behind our top performer, Belkin NetCam HD+, though its video clarity weakened beyond 10 feet. Setting up Flir FX is unusual, as it doesn’t work until its batteries, one in the camera and one in its base, charge for at least 30 minutes. However, no other security camera in our review has a battery backup. We didn’t like that the mobile app makes you hunt for the button to view video, which isn’t as convenient as putting it on the main screen when the app opens. The app has custom alerts, though it doesn’t let you schedule recording or connect it to a smart home. The Flir FX has both local and cloud storage options. With local storage, you can use a microSD card up 64GB. The Flir FX has a unique feature, called RapidRecap, which edits numerous hours’ worth of footage into a short summary. It also has a one-year warranty, though Nest and Belkin both offer two-year warranties.
- Best daytime video quality in our tests
- Excellent nighttime video quality
- Excellent audio quality
- Only has one-year warranty
- No smart home compatibility
- Must charge prior to setup